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The Power of Honesty and Lies

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I had a talk with my coworker again today. She’s always saying that she envies my motivation. (Don’t worry, I told her that motivation is a lie, a myth people tell themselves to keep them from having to put in the work.) The other day she said, “If I could just lose like 10 pounds, I know I’d be motivated to really do it!” (Wow…there’s something telling in that statement!) I’ve heard it all before and I’ve said it all before. Finally today she said something again about how she needs to do SOMETHING. This time I got, “But I’m so tired when I get home.” Finally I said, “You know, exercise will make you less tired. I used to say the same thing, and then one day I just decided that I was tired, yes, but I could do 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes. One day you’ll decide that you’re done talking about doing something and you’ll do it. You’ll do just 10 minutes. And the next night, you’ll think, ‘Hey, I did it last night when I was tired, I can do it again.’ And you’ll start a streak.” She didn’t respond, but I hope and pray I put just a little glimmer of doubt in the truth of her excuses. Maybe not this week or next, but someday she’s going to do 10 minutes of exercise and she’s going to realize that it’s not REALLY that hard. Oh, the lies we tell ourselves when we don’t want to face the truth!

Lie, blame, avoid, deny. We’ve all done it – it’s part of human nature. Do you remember the first time you blamed a broken toy on someone else? I think it’s a bit of the survival instinct, learning to lie. We know that telling the truth will lead to getting in trouble, so we try out a lie. And you know what we learn? That lies are very powerful things!

I remember when I was a kid, about 6 or so, my sister told me that I could take some candy from the Brach’s mix and match candy section in the grocery store. She said it was alright and that people do it all the time, and she asked me to grab a few pieces for her as well. I walked out of that store with pockets full of candy. And then my mom found out, and she marched me back to the store, made me hand it back to them and apologize for stealing it. My sister didn’t say a word. Last year, she finally admitted to me and my mom that she had convinced me to take that candy. A lie that held for 23 years! That’s a big, powerful weapon, isn’t it?!

When I was a kid I was addicted to lying. I lied so my friends thought I was cool. I lied so they thought I had money. I lied to keep myself out of trouble from my abusive father (though that rarely worked). I lied CONSTANTLY. And I was damn good at it too! It wasn’t until I had kids and grew up a little that I realized I didn’t want to be known as a liar. I wanted people to know that I meant what I said and said what I meant (for the most part). For a while I was brutally honest. It took me time to learn a good lie from a bad one. And it took me even longer to realize that I was better at lying to myself than I was anyone else. I actually believed the “I can’t”s and “I’m not good enough”s. It’s really quite crazy if you consider that I KNEW I was telling a lie, but it was so much easier to believe that I couldn’t do something than to put in the effort and risk failing. So I started questioning everything I told myself. “Will you REALLY do that?” “Do you really mean that?” “Do you know that to be a fact?” And I started being brutally honest with myself.

You know what I learned? Honesty is also a powerful tool! It doesn’t give you power over others, though. It gives you power over yourself. I decide what I am and am not willing to try. Jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Yea, I don’t think so. Not for me. Rock climb the side of a huge cliff? Well…maybe. Sounds a little fun actually. Could I do both of these things? Do I have the ability to tackle both challenges? Absolutely. I may need to lose some more poundage before I trust both the parachute and the cords keeping me up on the cliff, but they are both completely, 100% doable and achievable. Sure, I’m going to have to put some major work in to get there, but I’m no longer a stranger to hard work. I can DO what I want. I suddenly have the choice and the world is wide open.

What can’t I do? I can’t make someone love me. I can’t make a friend treat me right. (Though I can show people how I want to be treated by treating myself and others with respect.) I can’t make an employer hire me. (Heck, I’ve tried! But I can sell myself the best I know how, have confidence in my abilities, and really make a great impression…still, the final decision is not in my hands.) I can’t make my coworker workout either. (Though I can keep encouraging her and spreading that Spark, hoping it will catch.)

Control over others = can’t.
Control over self = CAN!

So while both lies and honesty are powerful tools, the honest truth? A lie, in itself, is a lie. It gives us a feeling of power over other people. Yeah, we can convince that adult that it was that little boy that broke the toy, not us. But both me and that little boy will always know the truth. Who really has the power here? Honesty is powerful because there's no denying it. It reminds me of what we learned in science about a fact. A scientific fact is something that has been proven, but that can be tested over and over again with the same results. The theory? That no fact is a definite fact unless every test that attempts to deny its validity fails. Try testing those lies of yours. They fall down quite quickly.

I can't run.
Have you tried? Have you done all you need to train for that level of fitness? Have you worked your way into it? Do you have legs? Can you breathe air? Do your muscles function?

Sure, for some people "I can't run" is a fact. But, for you, is it fact or a lie you tell yourself to make it a little easier to accept that you don't run or won't try? Is it your fear holding you back instead? Give yourself a little honesty and try it on for a bit. Maybe you don't WANT to run. Maybe that's never been anything that interested you. Fine! Go with that! Be honest with yourself and say, "I can run, I just chose not to. I like to do other things instead, like swimming!" Or, "I can run, I'm just afraid of the injuries I've heard runners get. I think it's safer for me to stick to my aerobics classes." Nobody can tell you that you're wrong. They can try, but trying to deny honesty is like trying to teach a hippo how to play the piano - funny, but completely useless.

So my challenge for your today is to question all the lies you tell yourself.

"I'm not pretty!"
By whose standards? Who decides what is pretty? If I polled 100 random people, would they all agree that I'm not pretty? Is pretty even something that can be determined objectively?

"I can't lose weight!"
Are you following the guidelines that you know work? Have you talked to your doctor? Has it been medically proven that it's impossible for you to lose weight?

"I'm too tired to exercise!"
Are you too tired to lay on the couch and watch TV? Have you tried just moving? March in place or do crunches. If you feel yourself getting faint, then, yes, you're too tired to exercise. But if you can make it through 10 minutes of even something light in the way of movement, then you prove to yourself that it was a lie. You weren't too tired to exercise, you just didn't want to put in the energy because you were feeling lazy.

Trust true power of honesty, not the false power of lies. It's amazing how in control you begin to feel!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/3/2011 12:20PM

    Can't believe I missed this AWESOME blog. Thank you for your honesty!

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FLGIRL1234 12/30/2010 2:56PM

    AWESOME blog! It should be a required read for anyone starting their journey here on SP or anywhere for that matter. Great job!!!


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/28/2010 10:09AM

    There is definitely a reason that this was picked for popular blog. Keep writing gems like this.

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A10TIVTRTL 10/16/2010 11:53AM

    Just what I needed to hear. I've been sick, have stopped exercising. Only this morning I told myself I'm ready to start walking again, but after breakfast I was asleep in the living room chair, no energy. I went out in the yard and sawed one tree branch - exhausted. So I was telling myself, "I need to rest more, I'm still not well...." and then I read this blog. Truth is, I need to get up and baby step myself back into the game. Thanks for the positive message!

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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!


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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!


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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:36PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!


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BELLE_CHANSON 10/15/2010 9:48AM

    This was a wonderful blog!

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TONISTRELEC 10/15/2010 9:17AM

    Great Blog ...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMMY0328 10/14/2010 4:29PM

    I was too tired to exercise before I read this but now I'm not!!

Thanks for the motivation!!

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GRACEISENUF 10/14/2010 3:42PM

    Good stuff!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/14/2010 12:14PM

    This, right here, is very powerful:

Control over others = can’t.
Control over self = CAN!

Fabulous post. Brava!

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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 10/14/2010 9:48AM

    Can I just say AWESOME BLOG!!!!!!

I use to the the "I can't run" person and let me tell you it was such a lie.

The Truth: I wanted badly to run, however, I was not putting in the effort it took to really learn how to run and train to run.

I run now and I am starting to really like it and like the way it makes me feel confident.

It really is powerful to be honest and then do something about those want's you secretly desire to have. SO POWERFUL.

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RAVENSONG37 10/14/2010 9:17AM

    Dang girl...this is totally worth the popular blog award. You so smart. Really...this is great to think about.

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LADY_KATHY 10/14/2010 8:33AM


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PAMINHALF 10/13/2010 6:19PM

  I absolutely LOVE this line "trying to deny honesty is like trying to teach a hippo how to play the piano - funny, but completely useless." - Great blog.

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PROPMAN1 10/13/2010 2:36PM

  Thanks for your honesty. emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGAMBER 10/13/2010 11:52AM

    Wonderful blog... One of the reasons I quit a few months ago was because *I* told myself I'm not an athlete. I wasn't enjoying running that particular day and I let it derail me. Truth is I was having an off day and should have just evaluated it at that. I mean whose side am I on anyhow LOL.

I've learned I shouldn't be my own worst enemy. I should be my own cheerleader and I can do whatever I danged well put my mind to. emoticon

Again great blog, its really tied into a lot of what I'm realizing these days.

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GETDONE 10/13/2010 12:10AM

    Pure fact--well done-----amazing progress.
I conect with the I try but the will power just isn't there---I have simply lost the desire to lose weight when all I have to feel better is food.
That is what I tell myself---yet I KNOW that there are many fun things to do, I do not need anyones permission to go forth and do.
Thanks for the insight. emoticon

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GOING2LOSENOW 10/12/2010 11:37PM

Tonight, I was tired, from standing on my feet all day at work, for 8 hours, but I decided not to walk just to the far bus stop, but home. It was a 4 mile walk, took me 70 minutes, but it felt good to do it!

Thanks for sharing!


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ADVENTURE-GIRL 10/12/2010 10:38PM

    Well said. Thanks for sharing.

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PUGLOVER1999 10/12/2010 8:56PM

    FANTASTIC! You are so RIGHT! I am going to walk for 10 minutes right NOW! Thank you!!!!!!

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2QUILTS4ME 10/12/2010 8:39PM

    I really enjoyed your post.

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CANTONIO 10/12/2010 11:20AM

    This is a really great post. I admire your honesty and ability to take the hard look at yourself.

I love reading what you have to say; it helps me to think about things I don't always want to face!

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MINNA72 10/12/2010 3:31AM

    Very good blog and honest, too.

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JANI-LOU 10/12/2010 12:59AM

  Great blog. Thanks for the encouragement!

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MCKATIE2 10/12/2010 12:43AM

    Wonderfully expressed! Thank you!

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TEJAS1291 10/12/2010 12:18AM

  Great Blog!!! And so so very true.As the saying goes "The truth will set you free". emoticon

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LIVNGLEGND 10/11/2010 7:39PM

    I like to remember that denial is not a river in Egypt.

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CHARLEEE3 10/11/2010 6:28PM

    Your words really gave me something to think about and are very helpful to me. emoticon emoticon Charleee3

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LINDA! 10/11/2010 6:25PM

    WOW!! Great blog.

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VIRGOGURL4 10/11/2010 6:24PM

    My favorite blog from you yet! You just keep getting better and better at motivating me!

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RASLALIQUE 10/11/2010 4:42PM

    Thank you for writing this. I'm working on being honest with myself too. I can't go around blaming others or circumstances for things that I should do something about on my own.

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MCRYTZER 10/11/2010 4:38PM

    The truth will set you free!! emoticon

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BABYFACE26 10/11/2010 3:45PM

    Great blog! and boy, do i know about the power of lying to MYself. ...and I'm starting to get better at catching myself in these untruths! Wake up and say, I CAN!!! that's a big lie I tell myself, all the time. I won't succeed. I can't. I'm fat and disgusting. ..and so on.
All LIES. Well, e xcept the part about being Fat. I am fat, but i'm Not disgusting.
and I am working to abolish the self-destructive lies of the Inner Critic. that came originally from my Mother. ..I also loved the part about not being able to change how other people treat you! thank you for sharing your insights.

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RUNNER12COM 10/11/2010 3:12PM

    This is fantastic!


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HARPLUTE 10/11/2010 2:44PM

  Great blog. Thanks for posting.

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4MEYEHEALTH 10/11/2010 1:57PM

    GREAT Blog.....thanks!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 10/11/2010 1:45PM

    Insightful. Thanks!

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HEART2010 10/11/2010 1:13PM

    Great thoughts! Thank you

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NJOHNSTON64 10/11/2010 1:02PM

    Thank you for your honesty!

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HISTOMOM 10/11/2010 12:07PM

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JORDANADDO 10/11/2010 11:12AM

    loved your blog, and it made me just want to be that bit more honest

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/11/2010 11:00AM

    Thank you for the encouragement to get through another day. Very true statements. Good job!

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DOWN2SEXY 10/11/2010 10:52AM

    The most awesome, inspiring, and motivating blog I've read in a long time. Time to quit lying to myself and get with the program again.

You know what I find? I allow myself to get so busy with life in general that I feel like I don't even have time to think. I have good intentions, but one day goes by...then another...and before I know it I'm on a losing streak (and I don't mean losing weight) instead of a winning one.

Time to figure out how to keep that from happening.

Thanks for lighting a Spark under me today!


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CAZLINR 10/11/2010 10:33AM

  I just discovered your blog. And I like it!! Thanks for sharing your feelings and ideas--I think you would be an interesting person to know. emoticon

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Guess What I Did?!?! (And Weekend Plans)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

First of all, thank you all for your responses to my breakfast questions! I’ve got a lot of new breakfasts to try within the upcoming weeks, so that should be fun!

Yesterday I did something else I’ve never done before --- I hit ALL of my SP-set nutritional goals. In the past, even when I hit my calories, protein, and fat requirements, I’d lag behind on my carb goals…but somehow yesterday, I found a magic combination and was in every single one of my ranges! WOOT! I’m eating much of the same stuff today, so I’m on track to do it over again. One problem I had was that I felt like I was eating constantly after lunch, just trying to get everything down my gullet that I had set to hit those goals. So today I decided to start a little earlier in the day with my food intake. I ate my normal breakfast with coffee on the way to work, but after arriving I sat down with some Greek yogurt (blueberry!) and a banana. YUMS! About a half hour ago I ate my slice of Quiche for the day and I’m feeling quite good about the whole thing.

For lunch today? Another beautiful salad! Baby greens, feta cheese and almonds! YUM! I also have a Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burger (though I forgot a bun…ah-well, I’ll eat it without one!) and lots of yummy, fresh watermelon!

Snacks for later include: an apple, a cheese stick (string cheese), and a Luna bar (Peanut Butter Cookie! YUMS!)!

Then when I get home after my workout tonight I’ll have my regular omelet with whole-grain toast, and I even get to make a brownie sundae tonight with one of my little Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies, some French Silk ice cream and a couple little dollops of Cool Whip Lite! YUMS!

Breakfast – 225 calories
Midmorning Snack – 245 calories
Pre-Lunch Snack – 142 calories
Lunch – 608 calories
Midday Snack – 311 calories (I will likely split it into 2 snacks)
Dinner – 354 calories
After-dinner Snack – 396 calories

Total Calories: 2281 (range 2130-2480)
Total Carbs: 283 (range 268-387)
Total Fat: 85 (range 53-93)
Total Protein: 115 (range 60-208)

Now, let me first say that I’m not entirely happy at the after-dinner snack. Yep, it is dessert…and it has more calories than my dinner! BUT, it fits within my goals and ranges. It makes the cut because it fits into what I need to eat SP-suggested for the day, but it doesn’t quite feel right. I feel naughty, I swear! But because I’m really trying to break through this plateau (weight today – 350.2! *lol*), I’m attempting to eat a little higher than normal and eat actually WITHIN my ranges. So, while the method of delivery isn’t perfect, it’s better than yesterday and I have to give myself props for improvement.

Truth is, I burn about 4,000 calories a week in exercise, just in general and on average. So I have to really hit my calorie goals (according to Spark) in order to really reach my 2lb. per week loss goal. We’ll see how it works!

Second of all, I don’t like that my fat is still that high. I’m getting better, but I will continue to work on this one. Part of it is the regular Italian dressing I bought for my salad, which I normally wouldn’t eat, but it’s all CVS had yesterday AND it does fit within my ranges. I’d still like to work on getting this number down, but the progress of keeping that fat content within range while still getting in my calories and carbs is MAJOR improvement on my part!

Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be a challenge, though. I can’t just eat the same thing I always do because I have a long day tomorrow. Now, for me, it makes me thrilled because it means SUSHI! Yep, twice a month I have sushi for dinner. I treat myself and love every guiltless second of it. I get a tuna roll and two cucumber rolls which still = low calories! I sometimes also get edamame as a little pre-dinner treat, but I never eat all they give me. So I’m going to work later to see what I have to eat during the day to really round out my day right and get within those ranges again.

Friday will be off as well. I’ll be home most of the day while Logan’s at school. I think I’m going to try to get Hubs out to the tennis courts again, and then lunch out with him, our only real “date time” we ever get. After that I have to clean the car and make sure Logan and I are all packed to head out the door as soon as he gets off the bus from school. Oh, and I have a doctor’s appointment at 1:30pm. *sigh* When he gets home, it’s a 3-hour drive to my mom’s house. And, yes, I will likely stop by McDonald’s or Wendy’s to grab a bite to eat at some point, unless I can find some tiny time to squeeze in packing a lunch (I’m really going to try!). We’ll probably get there around dinner time, so I’ll be at the mercy of what Mom and I want to throw together or order for dinner.

Saturday is all up in the air. If Becks makes it out Friday night, as is the plan, we’ll likely spend the day out, doing something, but I have no clue what yet! *lol* We’ve talked about trying some new food this weekend, something out of my comfort zone, but I may reserve that for Sunday, after the race! (Don’t do new things before a race…I know that one!) We have to pick up race packets from 3-5 in Dayton and then the rest of the night is open, we just have to get to bed early.

Sunday is race day. I’m concerned about my mom because she’s stressing MAJOR! I keep telling her to chill, that even if it takes us all day and we have to stop and take a break for her, that we’ll stick by her and we’ll make sure she makes it through so she can actually say that she completed a 5k. I really want that for her! The race will be early in the morning and they’re talking pancakes to follow! YUM! (Can I sneak in some strawberries or blueberries to go on top? I guess I’d have to carry them 3.1 miles first! No thanks…)
After the race…who knows!? Mom is talking about a bonfire at a friend’s house. I’m thinking about Korean food! Something that scares the crap out of me, but I still REALLY want to try. That’s right, I might not even think about logging my food on Sunday. No clue…we’ll see what happens that day.

Monday is the return trip home, so it will be emotional (because I don’t want to leave and I won’t want Becks to leave either if she actually makes it out!). Plus, there’s the added stress of another 3-hour drive home, which could mean more fast food unless I think to plan ahead.

I do know that I’ll be taking my scale with me this weekend. Good or bad, win or lose, I have to know what my body is doing.

So…what are you doing this holiday weekend? (It’s Columbus Day for those of us in the States. For our neighbors up in the cold country, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving.)
How do you plan to use this holiday as an example for some of the more difficult times coming up? (I’ve already broken out the Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer because they aren’t selling any Pumpkin Spice variety here! BOO Krogers!)

Have some happy holidays, all!

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    Congrats on hitting your nutrition goals!

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BTINTERNET 10/7/2010 11:18PM

    Congrats on hitting your numbers! I feel your pain - I'm always low on something or a smidge high on something.

Have a great race!

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LOOKY-LOU 10/7/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

I will be here in "cold country" LOL (it was about 70 degree here yesterday, and not a leaf has fallen from my trees yet...) celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.

Haven't thought too much about dinner, may just be "thankful" we can go out to eat since my inlaws will be away...

Otherwise, my hubby has planned a poker night with his buddies so I planned a "ladies" night with a chick flick!

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ELAPOINTE 10/6/2010 10:00PM

    look at you - all full of accomplishments and good stuff! woo hoo! keep it up!

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REBECCAMA 10/6/2010 8:37PM

  That's a GREAT update. Congrats on eating.. I mean MEETING all of your nutritional goals. I haven't reached that level of awesomeness yet. Way to go!!!

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ERIN1128 10/6/2010 6:19PM

    Keep up the good work! Unfortunately neither hubby nor I gets Columbus Day off anymore...budget cuts in California. :-(

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THOMS1 10/6/2010 1:55PM

    You are doing great, keep up the momentum! Good luck in the race. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/6/2010 1:46PM

    Hey Pretty - so does it have to be McDonalds or Wendy's on the way, or will your kids eat Subway? At least it's a better bet than fried. Just a suggestion. I still eat a footlong every Wednesday night after my swim and work it into my calories, so I'm sure you could too!

Congrats on hitting all your SP numbers! That's a big deal - and look at the scale - it totally rewarded you. That .2 pounds is GONZO next time!

Can't wait to read your race report from this weekend - for you AND for your mom!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HARMONYBLUE 10/6/2010 1:43PM

    Good job on hitting ALL of your nutritional goals. It's hard. Fells sometimes like I need a chemistry degree to get it all right, but by the way you can eat the edemame. The nutrition counts you see on SP for edemame is SHELLED, so really a typical restaurant serving is about 100-150 calories and has tons of protein. Very good for you...and it sounds like you are sticking to the normal rolls (its the fancy ones that will get you into trouble with their sauces and tempura!)

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ATROTTIER 10/6/2010 1:43PM

    Great job on hitting your SP goals - I think I've done that once. Your weekend sounds awesome!! I'm going camping with some friends, you know how camping food goes...yep, usually bad but I'm going to bring some good choices and maybe squeeze in some bad choices in small amounts - it's all about moderation right? =)

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BELLALUCIA 10/6/2010 1:42PM

    I'm treating myself to chicken on 10/11!

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MAIA2011 10/6/2010 1:40PM

    You have a great plan and you will rock this race! I know your mom can do it, too!


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CHICAT63 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    You are doing AWESOME, keep it up ! Best of luck on your race, seeing your Mom and sister. I know road trips are not the best but if you can prepack some snacks you should be ok. Have a great long weekend ! For myself, Thanksgiving weekend with hubby now working shifts he won't be coming to our family dinner on Sunday. Apart from that no plans.

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KAREN_NY 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    Wow - fantastic!

I'm heading to Toronto with my (Canadian) BF for Thanksgiving. We'll be at his (beautiful & very fit) cousin's house overnight. Sweet people, but I'm a little intimidated. I'm not intimidated by much in this life, but this... It's not because they are his family; it's because I don't want to spend my weekend feeling like The Fat Girl stuck in a Womens Fitness layout. (sigh) BF is so supportive and his family has been so nice, but I bring this feeling on myself.

On the upside, I know my portion control will be amazingly dead-on, and that there will be a major walk to brunch on Sunday morning. :)

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XTMONT 10/6/2010 12:23PM

    Don't worry about your fat, provided it's mostly monounsaturated (fat from almonds and olives, etc).

Good luck on your race!

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MAMADWARF 10/6/2010 12:22PM

    man, you make me tired just reading that!! i have a great after dinner desert for you.
Get the sugar free vanilla pudding cups, cut up a banana (or half a one) and crumble a graham cracker.. it is like banana pie and super yum! Have a great weekend. Im proud of you!!!

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CRAVINGLIFE 10/6/2010 11:46AM

    Isn't it amazing how much food you really need to eat when you eat the right kind of food?

Glad you found a good plan for you. I don't eat as many calories as you (I'm only 1200 - 1500 per day) so I don't have as much trouble staying within all my ranges.

Hope you have a great day! I can feel the excitement from your blog. You are doing a great job!!!

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40PLUSANDFIT 10/6/2010 11:43AM

    Now when you hit your potassium, then you're rocking... hahaha, good job on hitting all those goals.

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KARVY09 10/6/2010 11:42AM

    Aw, sounds like a fun weekend ahead!

You will love Korean food. My favorite is bimbimbap cooked in the stone bowl. It makes the rice really crispy and it's served with beef or chicken and vegetables. A really good dish!

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FRIENDOFBACH 10/6/2010 11:39AM

  Congratulations! I have done this once or twice, but rarely does everything fall into place,

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I Want To Eat Your Breakfast & WTF Template 10/5-10/10

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

FYI - My breakfasts are becoming quite boring. Plus, this small breakfast thing is fine, but I need a little BOOST of calories when I get into work to keep me from having to chow down all afternoon, seriously! (I'm trying to HIT my calorie goals this week, the SP designed ones, not my lower goals.) What's that mean? It means I'm out of ideas and ---


So leave me a note here. Tell me what you eat for breakfast. Include brands or recipes, if necessary. I'm also going to need the calorie/carb/fat/protein breakdown please, unless you have your breakfast on your tracker and have shared it.

I'm going to start trying these breakfasts out and see if I find a new thing to love in the morning! So - GIVE ME YOUR EGGO...or whatever it is you eat! NOM NOM NOM!

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~*~ WTF??? Template 10/5 - 10/10 ~*~
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I forgive myself for [[not meeting every single one of my fitness goals]] last week.

Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting, so this week I will [[set more reasonable goals that I know I can reach]] to make sure it doesn't happen again.


For my last template, I was able to accomplish [[2 Zumba classes, 1 rowing session, 2 elliptical session, 2 ST sessions including a double session, lots of new ST with the cable machine, my SIBCCT, time on the stationary bike, 3 planks getting up to 45-seconds, 2 racquetball sessions, and 2 tennis sessions]]. (PHEW! I'm tired just listing that!)

I also did [[500+ fitness minutes!]] So this week, I will attempt to achieve [[much of the same! Tennis, racquetball, and fun things that make the exercise seem less like a chore!]].

emoticon Three things I will restrain myself from indulging in are:
1. Chips
2. Candy Bars
3. French Fries
(It's time for a road trip so these can KILL me!)

My power food/go-to meal/snack this week will be [[Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche or Almonds with Fruit!]].

My main goal this week is to [[eat IN my SP calorie ranges]] and I wont let [[my fear of not progressing]] keep me from doing it.

Last week, I was [[super serious]], this week I will be [[reflective, but fun!]].


For my specially set-aside me time this week, I am going to [[spend some much-needed quality time with my Momma and, hopefully, Becks!]].

I'm going to keep the negative voices in my head at bay by [[reminding myself that it will work, if I work it, in it's own time and eventually]].

And I will STOP PROCRASTINATING when it comes to [[cleaning out my van! *lol* and talking to my Doctor about questions I've been having]].

[[I have earned this weekend away! I will not go crazy because I will be surrounded by people who not only know and believe in my goals, but who share them. We will work to keep each other on task and will enjoy our time together. I will race on Sunday full of the knowledge that fitness does not always have to be such serious business, it can be a fun activity that can bring the entire family together. I will not stress about PRs or even the time, but will simply walk for the joy of being one in a healthier place with my family.]]

[[I will focus my time until then on figuring out more about balance and finding the right balance for my life, and will spend some much needed time with the 2 boys I must leave behind on Friday.]]

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CORTNEY_NAMASTE 10/14/2010 9:52AM

    I love to have once peice of toast and I put 1 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese on the toast, top with a slice of ham and then an egg that I have cooked w/ cooking spray. I leave my yolks a little runny but you can cook the egg to your preference. It's an open faced egg, ham and cream cheese sammy. YUM YUM YUM. You can also use with the 100 bagel thins (I like to use the everything bagel thins by Thomas)

The nutritional info is in my tracker. It usually rings in at about 220 calories.

60 calories for my slice of bread, or 100 for the bagel thin
70 calories for my whole egg
60 calories for my ham
30 calories for my Tablespoon of whipped cream cheese.

Good Luck

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SAMHAINHEATHER 10/9/2010 11:09PM

    Cream Cheese, chock full of diced bell peppers (every color the store has), spinach, and any other fresh veggie you have that you need to use...I put a few cherry peppers in mine, but some don't like a spicy breakfast. Spread this on whatever bread you have that you like (I use low-cal whole grain English muffins or bagels). My daughter calls this 'Confetti Cheese' because of all of the colors!

I also eat 2 hard boiled eggs in the morning...if I don't it seems like I'm ravenous all day. I boil them on Sunday night and shell them before I go to bed. I also package them in snack baggies before putting them in the fridge. I keep the confetti cheese and English muffins at work...I have managed to entice everyone to eat their veggies at breakfast with this best friend comes over Sunday mornings for breakfast and insists I serve the confetti cheese :-P

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SWTSUCCESS2012 10/9/2010 10:35AM

    I take 1 slice of Ezekial Bread (I like the sesame seed kind) and toast it. Spread it with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese, and top with 1 whole egg with 1 egg white scrambled together. I'll add 1 cup oj and I have a delicious, nutritious breakfast for about 300 cals. YUM!

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MEREDIE02 10/9/2010 9:57AM

    One of my favorite breakfasts:
1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed, something crunchy - ususally a sprinkling of flaxseeds or walnuts, and a drizzle of honey for a bit of sweetness.

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YOOVIE 10/9/2010 7:04AM

    multigrain eggo (2)
1 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
12 oz 2% milk
10 big strawberries

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MAGPIE17 10/8/2010 11:10AM

    Don't have the nutritional info on me, but my breakfast is a mixed berry smoothie, with about 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries), a "puck" of frozen spinach (about 1/3 of a cup - can't taste it, don't worry!), 1/2 a banana, about 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, a tbsp of Udo's Oil (all your Essential Fatty Acids mixed together - not necessary), and a few cups of water. I do know it's about 20g of protein, a few of fibre, low fat, and reasonable carbs. It's also really tasty!

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BTINTERNET 10/7/2010 11:31PM

    1) Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on an Arnold Sandwich Thin (multigrain usually) with a splash of salsa verde

2) Cottage cheese (I'm weird, I like it plain)

3) Smoothie made with fruit-du-jour (fresh or frozen), ice, Chobani Greek yogurt and a splash of fat-free milk, sometimes with protein powder or flax or something

4) Breakfast "muffins" - crumble & cook a sausage meat product (can be pork, veggie, whatever), drain. Scramble together some proportion of eggs and eggwhites. Mix in cheese and assorted chopped veggies (onion, mushroom, spinach etc.) Pour into muffin tins sprayed with baking spray and bake for about 30 mins at 350. Approximate proportions are 1 pound of meat to 16 egg-units (and experimentation says about 2/3 real eggs is nice, much closer to half and they get watery), and about 2 c of cheese makes 24 muffins. Make ahead, freeze in a zip lock bag, grab 2 & nuke gently wrapped in a paper towel. (Nutrition depends on choices!)

5) Breakfast burritos - cooked breakfast meat, scrambled eggs, salsa, cheese, (beans if you like, rice if you like). Roll up in a whole wheat tortilla and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, wrap individually and put in a ziplock. They nuke in about 90 secs depending on size. I make a big batch every few weeks and toss them in the freezer, grab on the way out.

I'm another one for whom oatmeal or cereal means a midmorning snack very soon. And I like a high-protein breakfast.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    I make homemade breakfast wraps (like Dunkin Donuts sells, not sure if DD is in your area). But anyway, homemade is healthier and I just list the items individually when I track it because there isn't much in it.

Whole wheat tortilla + scambled egg, add a small bit of cheddar cheese (or any type of cheese or omit the cheese), fold the tortilla over (to make a half moon shape) + eat.

I make a huge batch and then wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. I grab one out of the freezer on my way out the door and nuke it (removing the plastic wrap first) at work. This can be mixed up anyway you like it, add breakfast meat, salsa, veggies in the scrambled eggs, etc. I have made breakfast burritos too and frozen them in batches. Grab and go, those are the kinds of breakfasts I like. Hope this helps! Good luck.

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    I make blueberry bran muffins which are high fiber and actually have 3g of protein for only 98 calories! I share my tracker so feel free to browse. I've also shared the recipe. I find they stick to the ribs and I can add an egg or a piece of fruit and it's just enough food to see me to lunch.

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SPATTERS3 10/6/2010 8:47AM

    my standard breakfast: 1/2 of a Thomas Everything bagel with 1 oz of real cream cheese, coffee, and either a banana or a V8 Strawberry/Banana Fusion 8oz . I track all of my food. With the V8 it = 300 cal., 51 carbs, 7 fat, 6 protein; with the banana it = 288 cal., 51 carbs, 8 fat, 7 protein

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WATCHMEGO2 10/6/2010 8:45AM

    Almost every work day I have two hard boiled egg whites (I don't like the yolks), 1/2 cup of fibre one cereal mixed with a small container of yogurt and coffee of course. I boil a big pot of eggs every Sunday and then I just have to nuke my egg whites in the mornings.

On the weekends I usually have a nice big omelet (usually one whole egg and two egg whites) with peppers, onions, low fat cheese, spinach and some leftover veggies. Sometimes if I am really hungry I will wrap a whole wheat tortilla around this bad boy, maybe a dab of salsa mmmmmm....and coffee of course.

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 10/6/2010 7:05AM

    Oatmeal leaves me hungry too! :P Here's my fave...

3 Egg whites, 1 whole egg, scrambled with two slices of precooked bacon and a serving of 2% cheese. It's less than 300 calories, VERY satisfying...I mean, it has BACON lol, and it's my fave :) Good luck!

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CATHERINEL66 10/6/2010 6:20AM

    Want to eat my breakfast? Please do! My favorite one: steel cut oats (1/4 C dry cooked in a pan on the stove with 1 C water) with 1/4 C granola on top, a sliced up pear and a bit of almond milk. That's my heavenly breakfast!

On mornings when I zoom off to the gym, I eat a kashi granola bar on the way, and then after the gym, at my desk, I have some oatheads oatmeal and a chobani greek yogurt with a 1/2 scoop of designer whey protein powder. Not the greatest, but still yummy. I recently found the oatheads brand and like it over other instant/quick oats that I can have at the office.

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MAMADWARF 10/5/2010 10:51PM

    Lemon Zest Luna Bar (it is on the nutrition tracker) has 180 calories and has good protein. The blueberry are good and so are the macadamia coconut. My 2nd fav is reduced cal wheat toast with peanut butter. The thomas's bagel thins are good for breakfast sandwiches too. You can make them ahead then microwave it when you are ready to eat. If you use eggbeaters and a little bit of cheese, also under 200 calories...

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CARTOONB 10/5/2010 10:37PM

    I eat leftovers for breakfast. Today was lasagna and broccoli. Tomorrow will be potato soup. Other choices have included beef enchiladas and green beans, buffalo chicken and steak. I realize that leftovers are not for everyone, but it might work for you. Good luck!

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SOCKS117 10/5/2010 10:02PM

  I love a breakfast sandwich. I am not including a breakdown only because it varies and YOU can vary. Some suggestions:

I prefer: 2 eggs, whisked and then cooked flat, then folded to fit. If you had a metal round cookie cutter you could make more of a patty. A light thomas' high fiber english muffin. 1/2 slice american cheese, 1 small sausage patty or 2 slices bacon.

You could also: Use a bagel, egg beaters, low-fat cheese, and turkey bacon.

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HARMONYBLUE 10/5/2010 9:34PM

Oatmeal (rolled oats cooked three minutes in the microwave in a REALLY big bowl so they don explode) with brown sugar and berries or, lately, walnuts and bananas.
Or egg and cheese on whole wheat english muffin. Microwave egg (one whole + one white scrambled) in a ceramic bowl for a minute and a half. Small bowl will makes them turn out exactly english muffin sized. Sometimes add a little smart balance, 1/2 to 3/4 slice of reduced fat cheddar and a banana. Lately I've been adding a scoop of pico to the eggs for some spice. And always a latte! I'm really into rooibos and chai teas. Steep in hot water, pour into a large cup, add half cup of skim milk and desired sweetener. YUM!

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LILASIAGO 10/5/2010 8:58PM

    Oatmeal doesn't work for me. I'm still hungry.

I have greek yogurt and fruit such as berries or an apple with a latte. I keep the apple in the fridge and then slice it. Oh, and sometimes I have cottage cheese with a granola and berries. It's a weird combo, but delicious with the right granola.

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M0PPET 10/5/2010 8:58PM

    I'm allergic to eggs, so i try to find different breakfast protein sources.
My favorites are:

1. Whole wheat slice of toast with 1.5 tbs organic peanut butter and banana slices with honey drizzled on top

2. Quick (not instant) oatmeal cooked on the stove with 1.5 tbs organic peanut butter stirred in and fresh blueberries on top.

3. Greek yogurt with splenda, vanilla extract and chopped up apples.

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SYK1012 10/5/2010 8:31PM

    my go-to is steel cut oatmeal. I like McCann's Irish Steel Cut. It keeps me satisfied for a good 4 hours. theres the instant kind but I prefer the regular. takes 30 min to cook but i make a double batch on sundays and then separate into 1 cup servings in Tupperware. that way its fast in the mornings before work and all prepared. i sometimes eat it at home before work, others bring it with me. you just add a little water, pop in the microwave, and i add a scoop of vanilla protein powder and cinnamon. sometimes berries or peanut butter or ground flaxseed. It's on my tracker most days!

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ANAJAK 10/5/2010 8:21PM

    Sorry resend - I must really love breakfast :)

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ANAJAK 10/5/2010 8:20PM

    I make my own muesli which has enough fat (healthy) and wholegrains (fiber) to keep me full until lunchtime (essential for me) - I usually eat a handful of muesli, 2 weetbix (NZ wholegrain wheat biscuit), 1/2 cup non-fat milk and fruit. This has been my biggest weight loss strategy by far!!! Oh and a couple of coffees with (another 1/2 cup of non-fat milk (extra calcium and protein).

On the weekends we sometimes eat 2 poached eggs on wholegrain toast and the requisite coffee of course.

I think making my muesli (and I am extremely time strapped ALL the time) makes me feel good - and possibly gives me a sense of control over what I eat.

Hope this helps - I LOVE BREAKFAST!!!

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HAPPYCHERRY 10/5/2010 8:19PM

    I love a protein filled breakfast. I like stuffing eggs, chicken, hummus, and some leafy greens in a whole wheat tortilla shell. it's very filling and yummy!

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RACHEL_MAC 10/5/2010 8:11PM

    The I-Have-A-Lot-Of-Time Breakfast: Eggs-n-oats
- 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, mixed with 1/3 c. dry rolled oats, then scrambled. Can serve with sauteed spinach (which I put in the skillet while I crack the eggs) or asparagus (ditto), seasoned with salt and pepper. Depending on how long it'll be before I have lunch, I'll sometimes add a piece of toast and jam or almond butter.

The I'm-Running-Out-The-Door Breakfast: whey protein/water, then oats at work
- While still at the house, I mix 1 scoop protein powder with water and chug it. That kick starts my metabolism. I prepare oats (1/2 c. dry rolled oats, 1 T almond butter, cinnamon, Truvia) and bring them in a little tupperware to work; I add boiling water from the coffee machine (or you can get a cup of hot water from Starbucks for next to nothing) and eat the oats at work.

The I-Have-A-Little-Bit-Of-Time-But-Sti
ll-Need-To-Get-To-Work Breakfast: yummy protein shake, then oats at work.
- I pack my oats to bring to work and put them in my purse. Then, I make a protein shake. Usually 1 scoop whey protein powder, a couple ice cubes, sometimes a few cups of fresh spinach (trust me, you can't taste it in the shake, it just turns it green), and frozen berries. Or I'll leave out the frozen berries and add 1 T unprocessed, unsweetened cocoa powder. Or both. :)

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NONIE_C 10/5/2010 8:06PM

    Go check out my "Weekly Food Plan" blogs. While they don't list the nutrition info, you will hopefully get some yummy ideas. I'm all about mixin' it up and keepin' it fun with my food. And if you do go check 'em out, just let me know if you have any questions.
Good Luck and Happy Eating (breakfast)!

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JOHNTJ1 10/5/2010 8:06PM

    Four egg white whipped and made into an omelet with garlic, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, fried in No-Cal PAM.

(Be sure you have some breath mints handy)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/5/2010 7:57PM

    oatmeal and protein powder...

rinse and repeat!

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MAIA2011 10/5/2010 7:29PM

    I want to eat your breakfast sounds a tad confrontational like I eat guys like you for breakfast! LOL

Mine is on my tracker, too. I have two main ones. Bite-sized shredded wheat with a ton of blueberries and soy milk. (Nonfat regular milk has less fat than soy but I like soy milk better.) Also, I like cream of wheat with a bit of butter or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter melted in and then add milk (again I use soy) on top--cools it down.

I agree with the poster who said there is no reason not to eat nontraditional breakfasts as well. (Also, I read on the RealAge website that it is actually good to eat the same thing everyday for at least one meal to help lose weight. I also read that in a book by a woman who lost 200 pounds eating right and exercising. In my own experience I got down to my lowest 5-year weight of 217 when I was eating the same turkey sandwich everyday at school BUT I thought I was going to lose my mind!)

That was a long-winded comment. Hope it helps!

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SARAWALKS 10/5/2010 6:49PM

    Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Muffins really fill me up. One of them is enough!
Also oatmeal but I like the oldfashioned kind - with a tsp. of flaxseed meal, a dollop of Splenda brown sugar mix, & maybe 1/8 c. toasted chopped walnuts. Sounds complicated but doesn't take long actually. 5 min. to cook & you get out the other stuff while it's cooking.
Cereal is not enough for me - although if I am pressured for time I will have Kashi cereal with super skim and a banana or some berries.
OR this AM I had 2 medium-boiled eggs (whites cooked, yellows a bit soft) with a whole wheat bagel thin with molasses on it. LOVE Molasses & it is good for you.
If you have time - spinach/feta cheese omelet! emoticon
OR smoked nova lox, light cream cheese, on bagel thin.
I loves me some breakfast... emoticon

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BECKYB73 10/5/2010 6:47PM

    I make a smoothie with a banana, some frozen berries and almond milk in my bullet. Sometime soon I'm going to try a pumpkin spice smoothie...probably after I go to the grocery and get some canned pumpkin.

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ELAPOINTE 10/5/2010 6:35PM

    i do a serving of quick oats and a tablespoon of low sodium peanut butter and a dash of splenda/truvia/sugar/honey...and for when i'm starvationing later i grab a mini-whole wheat bagel (thomas') and a shmear of low sodium pb...
dannon light & fit yogurt (80 cals vs yoplait's 100) and 1/4c of bear naked +protein granola and a banana...
i have an AMAZE-bots recipe for raisin bran flake muffins and i'll eat one with a dannon light & fit...(here's the recipe...http://recipes.sparkpeople
156276) and i've done the muffins in mini-cups as well for fun and just to see, but the calculation may change...i guess its 3:1 for little:normal-sized. AND it really does keep in the fridge for 6 weeks...DON'T MIX UPON SCOOPING OUT! but yumm!

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MNGIRLIE 10/5/2010 4:10PM

    My breakfasts normally consist of a Chobani Greek Yogurt. My tracker is shared and you can see the details there. I'll also add in a scoop of chia seeds to beef it up just a little bit.

I'm normally hungry a couple hours later so I'll have a banana or apple then.

Not too exciting, but some of the egg sandwich recipes here sure sound tasty!

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REBECCAMA 10/5/2010 3:42PM

  My go-to breakfasts are
1. Special K with 2% milk
2. Total cereal with 2% milk
3. Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

I also add a yogurt for a snack, or an apple, sometime after I get to work.

Of course I have to save some calories for coffee too. :-)

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BORNAGAINBRAT 10/5/2010 3:32PM

    I have a whole wheat tortilla with egg whites, cheese and pico de gallo. It is on my tracker. Very filling because I have 3 servings of egg whites.

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KITHKINCAID 10/5/2010 2:47PM

    I am all about breakfast sandwiches. I do get the Starbucks variety of ham & cheddar which are 360 calories (37 carbs, 15 fat, 20 protein) and unfortunately a whole lot of sodium. But I make room for them cause they're so darn good.

If I'm making my own variety I get low sodium ham and American cheese and a fresh egg. I pop 2 Eggo Whole Wheat Low Fat Waffles in the toaster (or Aunt Jemima has a similar variety for the same calorie counts). While they're toasting I crack an egg into a small round zip-lock container sprayed with Pam and scramble it. Nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds. When the waffles are done, I top them with 1oz of the ham and a slice of the cheese and put them back in the toaster oven to melt the cheese. Take out the egg and shake it a bit to remove it from the sides of the bowl then nuke it for another 20 seconds. Once the waffles are done, dump the egg on top, sandwich it together and go! So filling and yummy!

Breakdown is 324 calories (28 carbs, 10 fat, 18 protein) and a whole lot less sodium!

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/5/2010 2:44PM

    How about a nice egg omelet ? Eggs are not evil ! It is okay to eat eggs for breakfast. If you don't want an omelet, you could have a hard boiled egg or two. I do like a nice hard boiled egg.

What are other things you could do ? How about an Amy's Breakfast Burrito ? Amy's Burritos are wonderful as well as organic. Reasonably priced, you should be able to find them at your local supermarket.

Also, you don't have to have traditional breakfast foods for breakfast i.e. like cereal. There are many cultures that have a soup or salad for breakfast. How about a nice leafy green salad with some goat cheese ? I've done that before too. You can have dinner for breakfast. nothing wrong with that. The key is just making sure your meal is balanced.


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KARVY09 10/5/2010 2:34PM

    Sees my tracker....

I make overnight oats a lot (1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp flaxseed: mix, cover and leave in fridge overnight) served with fresh fruit or nuts.

Kashi cereal (honey almond flax is my fave) with almond milk and fruit.

Egg white omelet (or egg) on a flaxseed pita (Joseph's brand)

PBJ on flaxseed pita

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MENACE79 10/5/2010 2:33PM

    My go-to breakfasts:

Fiber One Cereal w/ almond milk and fresh strawberries (or any fresh fruit that you have on hand)

Egg Whites prepared in microwave with Cabot 50% light cheddar, a Thomas' whole wheat english muffin, and sometimes a Morningstar Farms sausage patty (as a sandwich - yum)

I find the egg white sandwich keeps me going for longer, but the Fiber One works pretty good too.

Now I am hungry, lol.

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MEGSFITNESS 10/5/2010 2:30PM

    1c. Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, 3/4 c. skim milk and about 1/4 c. fresh blueberries or other in-season fruit. If I don't feel like having my fruit in my cereal, sometimes I'll save it for my mid-morning snack. I like grab-and-go fruit such as apples and bananas, oranges and grapes.

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40PLUSANDFIT 10/5/2010 2:27PM

    well um, an activia yogurt loaded with flax seed. Really appetizing huh?

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The Big "P" - Plateau - and Finding a Way to Break Through

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I've been thinking all evening and then again this morning about the P word. You all know it and hate it - the dreaded Plateau. Looking back on my past progress and weigh-ins, the thought occurred to me...maybe I've hit a bit of a plateau. I've had trouble breaking out of a set of numbers before. The 380s were a bit difficult mentally. The 360s had me declaring war against my own body. But the difference between those tough spots and this one is simple - in the past I spent a few weeks self-sabotaging, but this time I'm not. I've been pretty consistent. Sure, I've switched things up in an effort to push the scale along, but I've eaten pretty well and have been exercising regularly. So could I be dealing with that stupid P word already?

We all hate to think about plateaus. They're evil. They keep us from our goals and make us feel like we're failing ourselves somehow. No matter how much progress we see in our fitness levels or other NSVs, nothing compares to seeing that number on the scale agree with our progress and give us the results we so crave. Just thinking about this has led me on a research binge (much better than an eating binge! *lol*) about dieting, plateaus, weight loss, etc. And what a wealth of knowledge we have here at SP!

First of all, I suggest you all read "9 Cold, Hard Weight Loss Truths" here on Spark:

You may not learn anything really new, but it might be helpful in reinforcing the things we have had suspicions about. My favorite is #1 - You have to exercise more than you think.

For me, this is a CHECK! Last night I forced myself into another SIBCCT - Self-Induced Boot Camp Circuit Training. It went a little something like this: 10 minutes treadmill at 3.0, 2.0 incline; 8 laps around the indoor track, running 1/2 a lap on every even lap; Lat pull-downs and tricep work on cable machine, 2 sets of 12-15 reps; 4 more laps on the track, running 1/2 a lap on every even lap; 20 crunches with medicine ball on reclining bench, 20 squats, 20 twist crunches on reclining bench, 20 lunges each leg, 20 regular crunches on reclining bench; 2 more laps, running 1/2 a lap once; 45-second plank, 20 regular floor crunches, 10 bicycle crunches, 10 reverse crunches, 2 sets of 15 reps of modified push-ups; 3 more laps around the track, running 1/2 of one lap; 6 laps as cool-down followed by about 12 minutes of yoga/stretching before a full set on the ST machines and another 5 minutes stretching. There was no stopping really between stations unless I needed water, a stretch, or to go to the other machine/station. I did take a few breaks to breathe, but the only real breaks were between the cool down, the yoga/stretching, and the ST on the machines.

No real answers here...just confirmation that I'm doing well. Okay, onward.

For those of you that are feeling those late night hunger pains, try this article entitled "Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?"

For me, this was something I was trying to end when I started this Midday Calorie Loading experiment. So far it's been working out great. I eat the bulk of my calories before I even leave from work. On my Nutrition Tracker you see that some of my lunches equal 600 calories. The truth is, I used to limit all my 3-big meals to around 400 calories, but I've been loading up in the middle of the day. Sometimes this means eating lunch twice. I'll have a salad and then, an hour or so later, I'll eat a sandwich. In all honesty, my body is responding quite well to this. When I pulled out my Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burger yesterday around 5pm and ate it before I left work, my workout was fully fueled and I wasn't ravenous when I got home after even that long SIBCCT I put myself through. I got home, made my mushroom and cheese omelet, and because I was trying to push up a little on my calories, I added a piece of whole wheat toast and ended the night with an ice cream treat (honestly, not the best idea, but I was within my calorie range to do so).

Right, okay. Got that. Have to remember that there is research to reinforce this method of eating and my body seems to respond well to it, so this may be my new way of eating for life - loading down my calories during the day when my body is burning the most.

Okay, so how about this article - "Is Your Diet Making You Fat?"

I did used to have a huge problem on the weekends staying on task. And, sure, my schedule goes a little wonky on the weekends because I'm working around the family, but for the most part, I've been sticking to my plan and making good choices. Fridays are for activites with the Hubs. This past week he and I started our Friday tennis date, which I hope to repeat this week, but even before then I'd hit the gym on Friday during the day, glad I wasn't on a time crunch and had the gym pretty much to myself while everyone was at work. Fridays are also meal-planning and grocery shopping days. I make a plan for the week and we follow the list at the grocery store. Saturdays are usually reserved for batch cooking and for some outdoor activity with the boys, and Sundays are for Ethan's football games and cleaning...about the only half-lazy day I get to myself. However, I do need to watch where my calories are coming from on the weekends, as we tend to eat out more and I seem to have this "this is a special time so I can have a treat" mentality. Weekends are a good time to REINFORCE my healthy habits, and show them to my boys so they can mimic them. I have GOT to remember that.

That was a good one to stumble on, but it's not exactly what I had hoped for...

Okay, one last one for you, and possibly quite fitting for me to really question - "4 Signs It's Time to Step Off the Scale"

First of all, yes, my scale can talk. In her sweetest voice she tells me, down to the tenth of a pound, how much I weigh each and every morning (mostly) when I step on her. Second of all, it's not a "bathroom scale"...what I mean is, my bathroom floor isn't the most level, so instead my scale is right in front of the fridge in the kitchen! *lol* I didn't really plan it that way, it was just the best level place for it. It has, however, stopped some mindless's hard to forget what you're working toward when the scale is staring up at you as you're picking through the leftovers in the fridge - much more effective for me than a picture of the fat me stuck on with a magnet.

I'm not anal about getting on the scale and, since I've been weighing myself every day, it makes me scoff at him (yes, the scale is male, it just has a feminine voice - anything that evil MUST be male! *lol*) more than it affects my mood. The most important thing it does is that it makes me question what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong, much like I'm doing in this blog today. Today my weight was 351, up a few tenths of a pound, even after the SIBCCT (or, perhaps, because of it). When I step off the scale (after, yes, cursing at it), I go through the questions:

* Did I do all I could think of yesterday to make it a good day?
A: I ate decently. I did have ice cream and I broke down midday and had a Dove Chocolate Bar. I can improve that tomorrow by sticking to my healthy snacks, apples and bananas. One thing I'm not liking is the amount of fat I eat in a day. I'm within Spark's ranges, but when my calories and carbs (go figure) are under those ranges, but my protein and fat is within them, then I'm not balancing like I should. I should probably work on that a little.

* Did I get in my exercise? Did I do enough? Did I do too much?
A: There IS a possibility that I pushed my body to its limit last night. For a regular weigher, I can tell you that a tough workout WITH ST can certainly cause a temporary gain on the scale. My muscles are in repair mode today (such an important stage, PLEASE people, remember that you need those muscle repair days! It worries me when I see you ST every single day. That might be fine for body builders - though I doubt it - but I'm a firm believer in the every other day method of ST, always have been). The research I've done in the past tells me that when you strength train, especially pushing your body like I did last night, you actually tear your muscles. Sounds painful, right? From what I understand, water builds up within those muscles to help with the repair process, but once they're all healed, they become stronger and leaner machines...and I say machines because those lean muscles eat FAT CELLS for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner, and snack!). So, yes, ST is important, but this could be a reason for the gain this morning. (BTW - I'm no expert, it's just how I understand it from the research I've done on ST. Please be sure to check with a professional if you want real answers to your ST questions!)

* How do I feel?
A: This is the MOST IMPORTANT question I ask myself, and I used to really let it slide, but lately it has become a regular for my morning weigh-in routine. How do I feel today? I feel bloated. This is week 3 of TOM (I'm calling the Dr. today...) and I just feel puffy all over. My arms are sore (no doubt from the push-ups, planks, lat pull-downs and tricep work, as well as from the machine ST) and my legs feel a little sore too (a result of the incline on the treadmill as well as the running, no doubt). My tummy is the most telling though - it feels full, bloated, puffy, a little hard to the touch. It could be gastrointestinal problems (i.e. GAS! *lol*), maybe something I ate yesterday didn't agree with me, or it could simply be bloating from more TOM nonsense. Either way, I feel those extra tenths of a pound today, but I don't think they're here to stay.

There's one thing about research...sometimes you don't find the easy answer. Sometimes you find what you NEED to find instead of what you thought you might find. This whole process isn't as simple as A + B = C. This learning to live a healthy lifestyle is more like the rules of English grammar, confusing and with a bunch of exceptions. ("i" before "e," except after "c" and words that sound like "a") What I learned from my research on plateaus is simple - I'm doing what I need to do for the most part. Sure, I could be a little more perfect, a little more on task, but really perfection is not something I can maintain my entire life. I always consider the big S when I make plans for my weight loss goals -- SUSTAINABILITY. Can I keep this up? Could I see myself doing this one year from now? Being perfect is not sustainable. So while I'll work on being more on target and really learning how to fully balance my meals (a problem I've had from day ONE), I can't honestly believe that I'll NEVER AGAIN slip up and have a chocolate bar and ice cream (hey, but maybe I can strive to never again have them BOTH in the same day!).

So I guess the biggest thing I learned about the P word (don't worry, I won't say it again...I know it scares you), is that there's another big P word that goes with it ---- PATIENCE. Oh, and another P ---- PERSISTENCE. Keep doing what you know is right. Make adjustments if need be, but keep plugging along. Because one day, in the not so distant future, you will push through this wall and see the other side of 350. And one day, in the not so distant future, you'll find yourself on that P word's bound to happen...and it will happen over and over again throughout the process. But patience and persistence are the only answers. Perfection won't do. Quitting isn't an option. Just keep plugging along.

Lesson for the Day:
Patience and Persistence are the only tools you have to beat down that Plateau!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 10/6/2010 7:03AM

    Yeah, that's a super long TOM. Here's a website I just posted for someone else to help with the dreaded "P," it always works for me and sounds like you need it. Your body is beat!! When I do this, I go for a Chipotle burrito haha, a 1500 calorie one ;) And I absolutely under NO circumstances TRACK IT. It never happened.... ;)

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LOOKY-LOU 10/5/2010 2:17PM

    Okay, I loved the blog, appreciated the research as I too have been at the same weight for almost two months...but WEEK 3 of TOM...okay, that sounds BAD, and probably has a lot more to do with weight than the ice cream..

Take the time to see the Dr.

Take care of you! The 350 will take care of itself... emoticon

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PENNEYV 10/5/2010 1:25PM

    You can be successful. You have found the tools!

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NUMD97 10/5/2010 12:34PM

    Nicely done. Thanks.

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XTMONT 10/5/2010 12:01PM

    Wow! I know you mentioned that I inspired your SIBCCT, but I'm exhausted just thinking about it! WHAT A WORKOUT! You're amazing!

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BELLALUCIA 10/5/2010 11:39AM

    Great blog Esther!

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MAIA2011 10/5/2010 11:23AM

    I am going to come back and read all the articles you linked to. (More SparkPoints for me!)

I just have one question. What the $&@# is a plank?

(Male scale LOL)

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ERIN1128 10/5/2010 11:23AM

    Great blog!!!

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    Great post. Thanks for all of the articles. Sounds like you're really on top of this. I'm sure you'll push through your plateau soon.

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HARMONYBLUE 10/5/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for all the fantastic article links. Will definitely be reading those when I get a chance. I think the biggest sign that you will be successful in forward progress is that your are being ACTIVE and persistent in working towards that goal. As you know, I have been stuck myself for months and finally think I have found something working or me. (Calorie cycling and changing up exercise routine). Good luck!

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PJH2028 10/5/2010 10:46AM

    You're awesome. And thank you! for this blog.
The P's do try the (my) patience resolve and confidence, just as you say (I was flatlining all through September). But they DO break through!!

Great links.
You're boot camp inspires me.
And ... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMADWARF 10/5/2010 10:37AM

    Super informative Blog, girlfriend. I appreciate that you posted it with the links and your experience. That took a lot of time and I thank you for it!

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LCHADBOURNE 10/5/2010 10:30AM

    What a great blog! Thank you! I needed this today, I need to ask myself those questions, too. You are doing so great! That boot camp sounds like fun! Keep it up!

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KARVY09 10/5/2010 10:06AM

    Nice articles. You'll defeat the P!

And that's one heckuva circuit workout you did... huzzah!

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SARAWALKS 10/5/2010 9:57AM

    emoticon blog! I've been on a plateau for a month. Finally am NOT sabotaging myself however. Truth #1 is definitely part of it for me. I am trying ST for 6 days a week but really it is fairly light ST and I'm focusing on one area a day so the other muscles do get some rest. After Pilates, my tummy NEEDS 3-4 days rest!
Patience and Persistence are where it's at... emoticon

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COMPASSLOST1 10/5/2010 9:52AM

    Thanks for all the research and the wonderful articles! This blog was very helpful to me! I consistently work my butt off for minimal results and I KNOW that I am doing something wrong, so hopefully I'll find a little help in one of those articles!

I completely agree with you on the ST front. Rest days are paramount. I know when I have an intense ST session if I don't take the day afterwards off I feel so weak and drained. It is an amazing thing though. I think people underestimate ST because it is "boring" or "hard," but when you are really consistent with it, you start to see beautiful muscles and your hard work pays off in inches lost and clothes fitting differently, not just a number on the scale.

If I haven't lost weight in a few weeks I measure myself, I'm usually pleasantly surprised that I've lost inches even though I haven't lost weight. The number doesn't mean everything!!!!

Thanks, again! Great blog!

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MAGPIE17 10/5/2010 9:51AM

    Great blog, Esther! Looks like you've had a bit of a breakthrough!

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MCL Experiment - Week 2 and Scary/Annoying Changes

Monday, October 04, 2010

Now just because I admitted that I'm frustrated with the scale right now, doesn't mean I'm giving up on any of my goals, weight loss or otherwise. Yesterday I took a rest day and I didn't feel guilty about it at all. I did eat some pizza, but I ate healthy the rest of the day and accomplished some of the things I wanted to get done. I even got the Crustless Spinach Feta Quiche made as well as a double batch of Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burgers and a batch of Chocolate Pumpkin brownies too. The only thing I didn't quite get done was cleaning out the van...but I still have time to do that before I leave on Friday afternoon.

So I'm starting week 2 of this Midday Calorie Loading experiment and, I've decided, that if I'm going to be working out so much that I need to eat a little more, but only if I feel hungry for it. I'll allow myself 2000 calorie days without fretting because it will work at that range, I know it will. And I'll get where I want to go...eventually. I honestly don't know if I'll weigh myself much this week (though I must tomorrow morning for my BL challenge), and I haven't decided whether I'll be dragging my scale up with me to my Mom's, since I'll be at her house on my usual weigh-in day, or if I'll just leave it at home and weigh in Tuesday morning after I get back. Either way, I'm not stressing about it.

I'll admit it, the numbers are really getting to me right now, and I know it's because of this whole "350" thing. Those of you who have had the misfortune to get above 350 know what it's like to have that number as a weight-limit pounded into your head. Heck, many regular doctor scales don't go above this number, so you can't even face a dreaded weigh-in when you're above this number unless you order a "special" scale. And, let's face it, I'm sick of being special in that way. There are many avenues and endeavors in my life in which being called special is a compliment, but not here, not this way. So I want to smash that number to bits and I've been working pretty hard to do that (which is, ironically, likely the cause of my problem). I honestly thought I'd be at 348 by now, so to have that number be so elusive makes me feel like nothing is changing.

But you know what? There is a LOT changing. Some of it good, some not so good. Let me explain.

Yesterday at the football game, the sun decided to hide behind the clouds. Being October and with the usual fall weather setting in, it was cold sitting on metal bleachers during Ethan's football game (it was worse later when it started to rain cold pelting drops!). I had to wear three layers yesterday just to attempt to stay warm. A shirt and two hoodies, my jeans and socks would normally have been PLENTY to keep me warm...but not yesterday. I was still SOOOO cold! I've been warned that losing a bunch of weight will make you feel the cold quicker because your insulation is basically gone, but - people, I'm still 350 pounds! It scares me to think that this might get worse because already the cold affects my body much quicker than it ever used to. (Even Hubs has mentioned to me that I feel cold when it's not really all that cold. I sleep with 4 blankets on my side of the bed, while he just has a sheet and our down comforter. And I've gone from nightgowns to long sleeve and pant PJ's already...and it's only October!) I'm going to be an icicle at 250 and will be moving to the equator, the only place I'll be able to survive, when I hit goal weight.

Okay, this is going to sound completely strange but - how do you skinny people not hurt yourselves like ALL THE TIME? The other day I'm sitting in the van and I have to brake quickly and the seat belt pushes against my shoulder area, doing it's rightful job of keeping me in my seat and keeping me safe. But it HURT! Like I actually yelped in pain because the stupid strap of the seat belt hit my collarbone. (And seriously, who would have thought that I'd have visible collarbones at 350? See, the numbers just don't seem to fit the body anymore, unless you consider I'm carrying ALL my weight in my stomach and legs.) I nearly felt like I scraped my arm the other day when I brushed by my stupid collarbones. It was uncomfortable and strange and...well, quite painful.

Oh, and the whole sitting on bleachers thing? Yeah, no longer enjoyable AT ALL! How do you people not bruise your bones like constantly? (I actually asked my husband that and he laughed at "you people." I didn't find it amusing and said, "Yeah! YOU people! You SKINNY people! HOW?!") I have to sit in a certain way and, still, sitting for too long is uncomfortable because I can feel some of the bones in my butt! I remember having a boney-butt kid sit on my leg once, but I never imagined what it would feel like to be the one with the boney-butt. (And, let's remind you all, I'm still 350 pounds! HOW do I have a boney butt??? HOW!?)

Finally, and this one is the most difficult to discribe. My leg hurts lately. See, when you have a huge stomach, you lose your lap. Well, that's not true, it's still there - you're just using it to support your massive stomach. Lately I've been noticing the stomach gradually shrinking in an upward direction, which I completely love, BTW (it's the most hated part of my body), but it's caused strange issues with my lap. First of all, I look down and don't recognize my legs. They look super long and it freaks me out for a minute...I'm just not used to seeing THAT MUCH of my upper leg. I'm not even joking. It's like having an alien body you don't recognize any more, and, yes, there are times when I look down or look in the mirror and go, "What's that?" I seriously, honestly, 100% swear that there are times I don't recognize myself or parts of myself. I thought at one point I needed my eyes checked again. And the bone in my leg?! Painful! I don't know what's going on but when I'm driving sometimes, the bone in my thigh will hit, I don't know, something closer to my hip/pelvic bone?, and I feel this pressure like pushing two sticks together. It hurts! I tried rubbing it out, but it's not a muscle pain so it's not like I can massage it away.

Oh, and one last change for you - my clothes. I am 5'8. That's not exactly short at all and it's not too tall either. All my life I have bought average length pants and such. And I used to complain that shirt makers thought I wanted only belly shirts - WHY do they make them so short?! Yeah, turns out when you start to decrease in width, your clothes become LONGER. While this is great for all those "too short" shirts I used to avoid, for pants it has become a nightmare! I actually tripped on my own pant leg yesterday!! (Go ahead, laugh...I did.) The pants I'm wearing now are way too long and I've been forced to roll the waist to make sure I'm not constantly stepping on them. Seriously? Do you guys deal with this problem all the time? It's really friggin' annoying! I'd rather not look like a tool tripping over my own pant leg, thank you very much.

So, while some things are changing (and, yes, some of them are quite annoying), it feels strange to even mention them because - well - I'M STILL 350+ POUNDS! It doesn't make any logical sense to me that I would experience these type of things yet. In fact, I was so anxious for the day that I could come to you all and tell you some of the strange things I notice about being a skinny girl when I was always once fat, but I expected to have to wait another 2 years to be able to do that. I feel completely rediculous saying this stuff now because I feel like nobody could believe it from someone who STILL has so much to LOSE! But it's true. All of it.

The cold hard facts of an oddly-shaped 350 pound woman:
My body is mine, but sometimes it feels alien to me.
My bones HURT me!
I have skinny days all the time.
I feel light. I swear there are days I feel under 300 pounds, even though I know that I'm not.
My mind plays tricks on me when I pass a mirror. Is that really me?
I'm confused by several of the changes.
My arms look excellent, except for the now separated flabby part at the bottom.
I get these dimples - like the one in your neck? You know what I mean, don't you? I forgot women were supposed to have that!
I'm cold ALL THE TIME! (I'm currently wearing a sweater, a sweater hoodie, and a huge Myrtle Beach hoodie over that...and I'm still freezing!)

Finally - I'm worried. I'm honestly concerned. If it's already this bad, how bad is it going to get when more weight comes off? Am I in for a rude awakening once I hit lower milestones? 200-land? Under 250? One-derland? Goal weight? What are these going to look like? How will I feel? Maybe being skinny isn't everything I made it out to be. Maybe I was right to always be worried about losing all this weight.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up. Fashion alone keeps me going! (Cute boots, pencil skirts - all these things I never got to wear but always felt were "me" make me want to strive to be there!) But I'm discovering that it's not all wonderful and that sometimes, the changes can surprise, and even scare, you. I'm sure I'll get used to it and stop tripping over my pants legs and stop brushing my arm past my ragged collarbone, and I'll start to eventually either appreciate or learn to live with, these things. Eventually.

One last note to leave you with. Yesterday I dropped my son off at his GF's house to "hang out." (Don't ask me, they're 11. I'm not too worried, she "breaks up" with him every other week.) As I'm leaving, I know that Hubs is getting P.O.ed because it's taken so long and we have pizza getting cold and Iron Man 2 to watch, so we need to get home. And I take off and sprint down the driveway (holding my boobage...I forgot how much sports bras meant to me until I tried to run without one on!) and I hop in the van and start down the driveway. All Hubs says to me? "BTW - you were running." Me: "Hrm?" Him: "You were running!" Me: "Yeah?" Him: "I haven't seen that in like...I don't know the last time I saw that." Me: "Well, I figured I can do it across the tennis court so, why not?" Him: "You were running."

*lol* I've decided to not stress too much over actually running routes and routines. For now, I'll work in some sprints here and there. Sprint from the car to the gym. Sprint from the house to the car. Eventually I'll work my way into longer distances, but for now, being able to sprint (okay, so it's really slow sprinting!) makes me happy.

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SHELLYC2010 10/5/2010 7:55AM

    You are so amazing! It's nice to know that I'm not alone when I get up set that I was gaining and lossing the same stupid 6 lbs for a month! and it was that 350 mark that I was tring so hard to get under. One week it was 351 then down to 345 and back and forth. This last week I finially busted that 350! I was looking for that second loss after the 345 to say that it was gone. So I'm going to look at it this way it took me 6 weeks of yoyoing to lose 12 lbs. It looks like I didn't see any of the 340's except for those weeks. Hang in there your doing great!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/4/2010 11:50PM

    First off, I would get the leg checked out. Be sure that isn't something non related way. Second, yes losing weight will make you hurt yourself more (Just kidding-I am just clumsy and hurt myself all the time but not I can blame it on being unbalanced due to to the loss LOL) Third, losing slowly will let you ease into the changed but trust the process and you will break thru the 350 barrier. Your story about your clothes getting longer reminded me of a trip to NY when my pants were a little loose but I thought I could get away with wearing them for one more trip before tailoring. Well, even when I put my heels on I realized they had gotten so long they completely drug the ground. It was pouring out, so I had four inches of drenched fabric all day long (good thing the black didn't show water!)

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MEGSFITNESS 10/4/2010 6:05PM

    HA! In yo FAYCE! LOL! You've had 2 members of your family tell you that you're running and you're -still- surprised? That makes me kinda giddy/happy for you in a really cool way. I'd take "you're running" as a compliment rivaling "you're pretty". Totally. My boyfriend called me "sporty" the other day and I blushed and grinned and got those warm fuzzy feelings about him as if he had been praising my beauty =P ha. I think it's because it's more sincere? I think I'm also babbling... moving on!

I get cold too!! I've only lost about 35 pounds so far but I swear I have to pack on that much weight in layers in the winter. Don't even get me started on wind-chill.

Seriously, I had to snuggle up to my Canadian furnace in AUGUST. LOL! I think this year is better than last, though. My body now knows that I don't have extra insulation so it works harder to stay warm. It's alright. You'll get there too :)

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KITHKINCAID 10/4/2010 4:21PM

    I'm experiencing a lot of the same stuff you are right now - and trust me - at over 260 pounds, I also still have A LOT to lose in my opinion before this stuff should become bothersome. But yes - I'm freezing a lot - last night I slept in a full jogging suit with all of my blankets. I also refuse to turn the heat on in my house until November, but that's cause I'm crazy and it never used to bother me until I lost some of my blubber!

The painful leg bone thing MIGHT be a nerve issue that I had. I had to make sure I was stretching out my IT band properly because it was pinching a nerve right where you say you're having pain and it was really hurting. Since I started stretching it properly I haven't had the pain anymore.

Butt bones! What the hell? I liked my padding thankyouverymuch if sitting is really this painful! I get up an awful lot more from my desk than I used to!

And I'm having the same problem breaking through 260 as you are with 350. I chalk it up to the body's natural threshold points - and oddly enough, they seem to line up with the mental thresholds too. Just know that once you DO breakthrough that limit, you'll be done with it forever - and it will be just as hard to go back up as it has been to come down. I remember when I was gaining weight I hung out at 280 for a REALLY long time, but once I broke through it the road from 280 to 290 was speedy - same thing with 290 to 300. And those have been my thresholds going down as well. Took me forever to break 280, but then it was a fairly steady drop to 270, etc. So I'm just at another wall I need to break down. But once it happens, once I get over that wall, I'll never have to do it again. And that's awesome. I have faith that it will be same for you too! You'll be 340 before you know it!

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CHICAT63 10/4/2010 2:16PM

    What a great blog, thank you for sharing your "happenings" based on my own experiences I have always endure being cold, hey even in the summer with the a/c on I have furry thingie blanket. For the longest time too, I thought it was my thyroid all my tests came back normal.

Although, I am not skinny some silly things hurt more even just gently applying pressure on my lower legs (those bones hurt) or the pelvic bones. Just this morning before getting up I noticed how small my belly feels like lying down of course because once I get up it's not as small *lol*.

Sitting on blankets, suggestion here but maybe a better insultated jacket for the games. We are here to cheer you on that ticker to go below 350 !

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ATROTTIER 10/4/2010 2:13PM

    I love the part about seeing an "alien body" and about seeing more of your upper leg - I KNOW RIGHT!! I was tripping over this recently as well - I also thought I never really had upper legs and they just seem so much more longer and it's weird (and cool of course) but that is so funny that you say that too!!!

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XTMONT 10/4/2010 12:46PM

    This whole blog makes me happy! Congratulations on all your success...I frequently look at my body like it's alien (especially the tummy pooch that just doesn't go away).

As for the pants....heels will fix that problem for the most part. Find boots with heels!

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SARAWALKS 10/4/2010 12:28PM

    emoticon I love this blog! You are fantastic and I'm sure you're going to break 350 any time now. Well, maybe there are some physical issues but maybe you'll also just get adjusted to the level of cold...I always feel terribly cold when the weather first changes (it's doing that right now) but then I get adjusted. Same thing when the weather gets hot...
And we all have the things-getting-longer issue -- I've been rolling my waistbands for a bit now too and also taking tucks in the waistbands. I'm waiting a bit to buy new stuff...
here's to sprinting! ROCK ON! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 10/4/2010 11:48AM

    *lol* Thanks for the giggle!

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MAIA2011 10/4/2010 11:46AM

    Be careful with dangerous clothes! When a friend of mine was losing weight her underwear fell off in the grocery store.

True story!


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JEREMY723 10/4/2010 11:28AM

    After I lost 50 pounds I bought jeans of a smaller waist and same length. Didn't check the length and they were to long I realized soon after I bought them. Ended up somehow losing 2 inches in length as well.

Sitting on a blanket on bleachers might help, most people do that around here. Metal just sucks the heat right out of you.

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MAGPIE17 10/4/2010 11:27AM

    That might be part of it Esther, but wouldn't it be awesome if it was something you can fix and not have to deal with as you continue to lose weight?

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CALLIKIA 10/4/2010 11:07AM

    Please, not something ELSE wrong with me?! *sigh* And I thought it was just a symptom of losing my blubber. GRRR!

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TIGERJANE 10/4/2010 11:04AM

    Love this post! You really put it out there!

As for the cold thing and the painful bones, I agree with ECLECKTIC1 in that it's probably time for a complete physical. Your hormones and all that change around based on weight, and it sounds likely that something is off.

As for your pants, you're probably going to have to start hemming them! I'm only 5'3" so I get all my stuff hemmed all the time anyway, so to me that's just a given, but it looks like you may need to start finding a local tailor or breaking out some needle and thread yourself and getting crafty :)

You're doing a great job, and before you know it you'll be below 300! Then we need a new blog all about the challenges and changes that come with it. I love your writing style!

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LOOKY-LOU 10/4/2010 10:48AM

    You really made me smile this morning!

I think the cold thing will only get worse, but the cause is age...not weight! Try moving around a little when you are at your son's football games and a warm shower or bath before bed!

And sitting on a blanket on bleachers will not only keep you warm, but it is a cushion as well!

I will be watching your ticker....ready to celebrate the 350 milestone!

Have a great week!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 10/4/2010 10:45AM

    Cold intolerance and achy bones makes me wonder if you've got low thyroid going on. How long have you been maintaining with right around this weight? How long have you been eating under 2000 calories?

Check out this list of low thyroid symptoms to see if anything else may be bothering you:

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